The Black Swan

Value offers

César award in 2013

'Unstuffy, not over-sophisticated but thoroughly dependable, it maintains its warm welcome, its feeling of cosiness and its remarkable value for money.' Praise this year from a returning guest to Alan and Louise Dinnes's village inn; Selina Procter is the new manager. The popular bar and wood-panelled lounge are 'inviting'; 'the long-serving staff are efficient and friendly'. Some of the bedrooms have views of the garden; ground-floor rooms near the bar might have some noise. 'Our large bedroom had a king-size bed with extra blankets and pillows; a comfortable armchair and sofa; a modern work table and wardrobe.' Chef Kev Hillyer's comfort foods - perhaps chicken, haggis and cured-bacon pie, carrot and swede purée - may be taken in the dining rooms or the bar. 'Everything is made on the premises and is nicely presented, delicious and served in generous portions.' 'Hearty' breakfasts, with 'well-prepared' eggs and 'first-rate' black pudding, 'to equip you for a day on the fells'. Less active guests can 'sit happily in the streamside garden, tucked away with the morning paper'. (Trevor Lockwood, Peter Anderson)
  • A very busy place but they appeared to cope, and dinner was excellent. So was breakfast though I could have done without the radio.

    A.J Gillingwater, 14/06/2014

  • Maintains its warm welcome, its feeling of cosiness, and its remarkable value for money. Most of the staff have been there several years and all are efficient and friendly. My room had recently been fitted with an en-suite shower room and this made the accommodation a little cramped but was preferable to having to cross the passage to the private bathroom. The menu looks unpretentious, but everything is made on the premises and is nicely presented, delicious and substantial. Wines are reasonably priced, as is the ubiquitous and wonderful Black Sheep bitter. Breakfasts equip you for a day on the fells. If you decide to stay around all day, the village has plenty to explore or one can sit happily in the streamside garden. Unstuffy, not over-sophisticated but thoroughly dependable.

    Trevor Lockwood, 04/02/2014

  • Our second visit. We had the same comfortable room. Reception and service as good as before. Food was excellent. It was good to hear the locals chatting in the bar.

    Gwyn Morgan, 27/11/2012

  • A wonderfully situated pub/hotel in exuberant form under hands-on owners Louise and Alan Dinnes. Room comfortable, modern, warm, good-sized. Dinner, whether in bar or dining room (same menu), of a high quality, all freshly prepared. An excellent and not over-priced wine list. Draught beer selection not bad either. Staff all very kind and interested in the guests. It has a great buzz; is clearly popular with the locals. Stunning scenery for miles around. Great value for money (winter offer).

    Ian Dewey, 02/02/2012

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Local attractions

The Lake District
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.
Wild Brown Trout Fishing
Tuition from a local expert.
Paragliding
Paragliding tours over the Lake District.

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Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts the following discount vouchers:

  • Online vouchers

    These entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

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  • Book vouchers

    This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150. BUY THE GUIDE

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Contact Details

The Black Swan

Kirkby Stephen RAVENSTONEDALE Cumbria England CA17 4NG

Telephone

015396 23204

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

15, 5 in annexe, 2 on ground floor suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, lounge, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, beer garden, tennis and golf in village.

Background music

optional 'easy listening' in bar, restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 3 ground-floor bedrooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2014] per room B&B single £65, double £80-£130. À la carte £22. 1-night bookings refused over Christmas and New Year.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates